Limited Youth Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Bo Buss and Smart Little Oakey win the first AQHA limited youth cowboy mounted shooting world championship.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Smart LIttle Oakey and Bo Buss (Don Trout Photo)

The third time’s the charm for Chance “Bo” Buss.

On Bo’s third trip to the AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships, he was able to win the 2017 limited youth world champion cowboy mounted shooting title on Smart Little Oakey.

“It feels pretty good to be a world champion,” Bo says. “I’ve been going there for three years. I’ve slowly been working my way up to the top.”

Smart Little Oakey is a 2011 chestnut mare by Bobby Smart out of Miss Orphan Oakey by TAMU Nu Bar Rey. She is owned by Bo’s father, David Buss, of Hunter, Oklahoma, and she was bred by the Terry Ranch in Hardin, Texas.

David bought the mare as a 4-year-old from Bryant L. Pace of Sanger, Texas, who also trained her. It wasn’t until Bo had gone to a friend’s house and saw others practicing mounted shooting that he became interested in the sport. Bo talked to his parents about pursuing the sport, and they agreed. It was an easy transition for Bo, since he already had a horse and the guns to get him started.

Three years ago, Bo started taking riding and shooting lessons to refine his skills. Bo’s hard work paid off, as he finished in top 15 at the 2016 AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships.

Bo says none of his success would have been possible without Smart Little Oakey, and the people involved in his journey the past three years.

“I owe quite a bit to all of the people that have helped me out,” Bo says.

Bo hopes to return to next year’s cowboy mounted shooting world championships, but until then, he looks forward to traveling to different states and meeting up with friends made along the way.

Winner Stats

Horse Name: Smart Little Oakey

Pedigree: 2011 chestnut mare (Bobby Smart-Miss Orphan Oakey by TAMU Nu Bar Rey)

Breeder: Terry Ranch of Hardin, Texas

Owner: David Buss of Hunter, Oklahoma

Exhibitor: Bo Buss

Total Class Entries: 4

World Champion Prizes: Custom-designed gold trophy; sterling-silver buckle, with 14-karat-gold overlay, courtesy of Awards Recognition Concepts; specially designed logoed jacket and world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; and neck wreath

Reserve World Champion: Junie B Jonez and Lindsey Farrell of Allen, Texas

Third Place: BG Toys For Cash and Kyler Kirkwood of Collinwood, Tennessee